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Real Madrid Vs Galatasaray, UEFA Champions League 2013-2014: Match Preview

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Real Madrid receive Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray (20:45) in what will be an irrelevant game for the Spanish club. The fans will wear masks with Cristiano Ronaldo's face to support the Portuguese player in his quest for the FIFA Ballon D'Or.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Galatasaray will need to get the three points out of the Bernabéu, since their ticket to the Round of 16 is still on the line. It will be hard for them to qualify to the next round if the Turkish team lose and Juventus manage to get a win at home against Copenhaguen. Therefore, Drogba and company will surely go hard after every ball.

Carlo Ancelotti may want to make some rotations this Wednesday. In fact, the Italian coach confirmed that Xabi Alonso will not start the match against Galatasaray. That's why Casemiro might get the chance to play alongside Asier Illarramendi. With Modric suspended and Khedira out for the season, Isco could complete the midfield trio.

That's why it would be a good match to check whether Casemiro, Jesé and Morata are ready to play in European level. If Ancelotti decides to keep Gareth Bale on the bench as well, Di María, Jesé and Morata will start upfront. Considering that los blancos already have the first place in the Group well secured, the youngsters could benefit from a start against a team that will play seriously enough to be a challenge.

Marcelo will be back on the starting lineup after missing the last couple of weeks with an injury. The Brazilian defender has been vital so far, and his offensive skills have been missed, even though Arbeloa has played fairly well on that wing when needed. Nacho might get some minutes on defense to give Ramos or Pepe some rest. According to Ancelotti, Nacho has been training well enough and these kind of games are always useful to reward hard-working players.

Roberto Mancini has no injured players, but he admitted that Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijer is not completely recovered and is questionable to start the game.

The fans at the Santigago Bernabéu will show their support to Cristiano Ronaldo wearing masks with his face, and a big tifo will be shown in the stands right before kick-off. It's always good to see the fans showing that kind of support to a player that has always given his best since he put pen to paper to his first contract.

All things considered, Real Madrid should use this match to make some rotations and be completely ready to beat Valladolid next Saturday. After all, the team can't afford to drop more points in La Liga.

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